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Ducks seek fourth straight win in San Jose

by Brian Compton
DUCKS (7-7-1) at SHARKS (6-5-1)

TV: Fox Sports-Prime Ticket, CSN-CA.

Last 10: Anaheim 6-4-0; San Jose 5-5-0.

Season Series: This is the second of six meetings between the Pacific Division rivals. San Jose earned a 5-2 victory against Anaheim on Oct. 30 at HP Pavilion. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley combined for 7 points in the win.

Big Story: After a sluggish start, the Ducks seem to be on the right track. They'll enter Tuesday's action riding a three-game winning streak thanks to Paul Mara's goal with 1.7 seconds left in regulation in Anaheim's 5-4 victory against the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center on Sunday night.

"I knew going out we didn't have a whole lot of time," forward Bobby Ryan said. "It worked out for the best. Paul made a great play jumping in with a nice finish. The defenseman was trying to cut across and just got a piece of it, maybe a little too much. It came right to me. Everything came just the way we needed to there."

Team Scope:

Ducks: Sunday's win was a display of resiliency for the Ducks, who lost one-goal leads four different times. Mara's late goal was his first in a Ducks uniform and first in the regular-season since February of 2009.

"I looked up at the clock and I saw there were eight or nine seconds left," Mara said. "Bobby got it and I just kept jumping to the net. It was bouncing right there and I just put it into an empty net. It was a great play by those guys. I was just in the right place at the right time."

Sharks: After being shut out in back-to-back games by Minnesota and St. Louis, the Sharks bounced back on Saturday night with a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at HP Pavilion. Marleau scored twice in the first period and ended San Jose's goalless drought at 156 minutes and 59 seconds.

"It had been a while since we've gotten on the board," Marleau said after the win. "We all kind of felt that everybody has to pick it up that much more with Joe (Thornton) out. We can't replace him, but it gave some other guys an opportunity to play a little bit more minutes, and they took advantage of that."

Who's Hot: Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf lead the Ducks with 17 points apiece. Four of Selanne's seven goals have come via the power play. … Antero Niittymaki, who was signed as a free agent last summer, is 5-1-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.

Injury Report: Kyle Chipchura (concussion), Matt Beleskey (concussion), Dan Sexton (broken nose), Joffrey Lupul (blood infection) and Andy Sutton (broken thumb) are out for the Ducks. … Sharks defenseman Derek Joslin (broken thumb) is out.

Stat Pack: Logan Couture enjoyed the first multi-point game of his career on Saturday night. San Jose is 5-0 in games where Couture records a point.

Puck Drop: "Two points is two points. We're not going to lament any other part of it. It was one of those games that seemed like we had to work for every inch. Every time we got a lead, they came back. We sure kept the fans in the building." -- Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle after Sunday's win
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